Sorry for having been quiet for the entire month of November, but hopefully we’ll be more active at blogging this month. Luckily, there’s never a shortage of what to post, just the lack of time. After writing about the hike in Mohonk Preserve in New York, I thought I should add a couple more stories from Upstate this summer. My friend Miguel, an avid naturist himself, connected me with his buddy Teddy, who seemed to know the southern portion of the Adirondack Park well. So, after a couple of weeks planning, I was on the train from [former] New Amsterdam to Amsterdam, NY.
Teddy brought me to his favorite hiking trail along the Tenant Creek.
There are three waterfalls, but most people don’t go beyond the first one. We had the third waterfall all to ourselves!
The hike took us about an hour, but as we started pretty late, we had just an hour of sunlight left to set up a camp and go skinny-dipping.
It was easy to find a spot for out tent, but the place is certainly not mean for a lot of campers, so we were lucky to not have any neighbors. The sound of the waterfall was a perfect accompaniment for otherwise quiet night!
Next day, we went to explore the forest around, and it was so worth it. Butterflies and flowers greeted us, and we had some hand-picked blackberries for breakfast :p
… and then I saw a coyote! He definitely saw me too, and even let me to take a picture of him,
though by the time I focused well, he was scared by Teddy getting out of blackberry bushes and ran away.
But even so, it was a big luck to have seen a coyote in New York state!
After walking in the sun, it was nice to come back to our camp and enjoy skinny-dipping.
In the waterfall, there was even a deepening that looked like a perfect bathtub, but the water was too cold to really sit there for a while.
We could swim in the pond below, however.
On the way back, we saw these amazing colorful mushrooms.
Near the first waterfall, Teddy knew a tree that grew right on top of the rock with its roots twisting down. It was almost the point to put our clothes on, because there might be more people coming, but we couldn’t resist snapping a couple of photos.
What a great place to enjoy the beauty of the forest and meditate.
This toad seemed to do the same, and lucky him, nobody would make a fuss for him being naked!